Be it a country-house hotel with gobsmacking gardens, an Alpine lodge with lakeside views, jaw-dropping pool bars or a beachfront resort with over-water decking, it should have you grabbing your partner and yelling 'Outside, now!'
It’s hard to beat the Rockies as a backdrop, and this luxuriously restored Colorado mining town wisely lets the scenery do the talking. This unique mountain hideaway takes you straight back into the big-sky wilderness of the Old West, complete with log cabins, snow-capped peaks, not-so-lonesome pines and a perch on the porch to admire it all from. And, of course, there are the hot springs, which ensure that Dunton is a year-round alfresco spa haven.
'The mixture of traditional accommodation with the variety
of landscapes really appeals. And here, the al fresco dining is really
makes the very best of the outdoors'
Alastair Humphreys, adventurer
'A breathtaking natural environment, where the temporary
nature of the tent accommodation is completely in tune with the fragile
dune environment. Waking up in the morning and walking down to the sea
without meeting another soul is my idea of real luxury'
Dan Pearson, garden designer
This hotel is likely to be naturally blessed with a breathtaking location and postcard-perfect views, but don't discount the unexpected: a vertical garden or rooftop space might get your vote.
Spectacular swimming pools, well-placed pagodas sheltered by tree canopies, historic follies and farmland – this is a never-be-bored adventure playground.
How does the hotel entice you outside? With a hamper of lawn games waiting to be played? Perfectly packed picnics, blankets to borrow? A fleet of bikes or a stable of horses to ride out across the estate? Masks and fins for impromptu snorkelling trips?
Ah, bliss: when you first lay eyes on this hotel's outdoor spaces, all you want to do is find a seat to sink into, a bench to admire it from or a hammock to swing in. Could you potentially not leave the grounds all holiday and not be disappointed?
The Greatest Outdoors is often the result of a labour of love, and staff will know how to help you get the best out of it: they've prepared walking maps and jogging trails, swept leaves off paths and raked the sand, pruned plants to perfection and picked the tomatoes for its tasting menu.